A native of Erie, Pennsylvania, Rear Admiral Kohler graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1983 and was commissioned an ensign in 1984 through the Aviation Officer Candidate School, Pensacola, Florida.
His operational tours include aviation intelligence officer for Fighter (VF) Squadron 102 at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach, Virginia; assistant chief of staff for Intelligence (N2) for Commander Amphibious Squadron 1 in San Diego; and assistant chief of staff for Intelligence (N2) for Cruiser Destroyer Group 2 USS George Washington Battle Group based in Norfolk, Virginia.
Rear Admiral Kohler's shore tours include: Fleet Ocean Surveillance Information Center Commander in Chief, U.S. Naval Forces Europe in London, England; Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington, D.C.; Joint Warfare Analysis Center in Dahlgren, Virginia; United States Special Operations Command in Tampa, Florida; and Joint Interagency Task Force South in Key West, Florida.
Flag assignments include deputy chief of Tailored Access Operations at National Security Agency: deputy commander Fleet Cyber Command/US 10th Fleet; deputy director of Naval Intelligence OPNAV N2/N6, director of Intelligence Operations (J2) U.S. AFRICOM Command.
He assumed his current position as commander, Navy Information Dominance Forces in October 2014.